31 May 2013


This was caused by the size of small town?

Pull the other one!

A CHIROPRACTOR slept with five of his patients because of a shortage of women in a rural Victorian city, a tribunal has been told.
Dr Peter Goodman admitted the intimate relationships - as well as continuing to treat family members of one woman with whom he was having a covert affair - had amounted to professional misconduct.
Representing the chiropractor, Jane Dixon, SC, said it was an unusual case and unrealistic to expect there not be a blurring of the patient-practitioner boundaries in the small north eastern Victorian city.
"It's not uncommon in country towns for people to see someone socially who happens to be treating them for something," Ms Dixon told VCAT this month.
She said he met some of the women through friends, local clubs and one at a nearby festival before they were his patients, and later embarked on consensual and open relationships with them.
Dr Ian Freckelton, SC, for the Chiropractic Board of Australia, said there would have been plenty of women in the area who were not his patients.
He said there were more than 25,000 people in the city and nearby areas, and it was "hardly the middle of nowhere".
"The sexualisation of professional relationships is an issue and manifestly quite inappropriate," Dr Freckelton said.
The practitioner's first inappropriate relationship developed in the 1990s.
Dr Freckelton said Dr Goodman had a series of intimate relationships with patients over the next 15 years, calling into question his capacity to refrain from the behaviour.
"In short, this is not a one-off", Dr Goodman also kept "woeful" clinical records and was oblivious to the potential distress that could have been caused to his patients who were family members of his then lover.
Blames ex wife for behaviour. 
Ms Dixon said Dr Peter Goodman as emotionally scarred by the infidelities of his former wife and was on the rebound when he became romantically involved with the women."It would seem he certainly hasn't recovered from that relationship," Ms Dixon said.
Fifteen years to recover?
Dr Freckelton said Dr Goodman's registration should be cancelled for between three and five years to send a strong message and to retain the public's confidence in chiropractors.
The tribunal is yet to hand down its decision.